Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Houryu-ji temple (Nara,in April)

"Houryu-ji" temple is one of the most famous temple in Nara.
This is the oldest wooden building in the world.
These temples were built 1400 yeaers ago,
built by Empress Suiko (554-628) and Shoutoku-taishi (Emperor's agent,574-622)
They wanted to build these temples,
hoping for quick recovery of their close relative's illness,Emperor Youmei.
But after 64 years from foundation,in 670,
There was a big fire,
so all the buildings are burnt down, without leaving any trace.
From 672 to 689,people rebuilt these temple as they used to be.
The history of Houryu-ji had been filled with hardship and many vicissitudes.
The cherry blossoms were at their full, they were beyond description.

My husband and I made a rondezvous with a lady from Romania at Nara today.
She is Adriana,we met each other by internet. She is a professor.
It is her first visit to Japan.
Thank god, finally I could meet her! I am so happy.
And we visited as many as four temples,including Houryu-ji.(The last picture)
Hope you'll enjoy these pics.
This is Yakushi-ji temple.

Today we talked about many things.
I learned a lot about Roumania from her.
During Ceausescu Government, free trip abroad was totally prohibited,
so it must have been a hard time for people in Romania.
It seems that she liked Houryu-ji temple very much,
It was a wonderful day.


  1. I bet it was, like my whole trip to Japan! It is a pity that I have not more time to see more of it. Nara was nice, good weather, friendly deers, and wonderful temples!

  2. @Traveling Hawk,
    Thank you,Traveling Hawk,
    I'm happy to hear that.
    In this season,Houryu-ji is very beautiful,because cherry blossoms are at their best,so it must be a nice experience for you!